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    How is kolpaks effecting south african cricket?

    Benkenstein,Tendeutche,Dexter,Vanjaarsevldt,Hender son,Ackerman,probably louw next season,klusener,Willoughby,Paul Harris,and G Kruis.
    Just wondering fans of south african cricket how does this effect south africa's depth and first class cricket.Thats a lot of players now unable to play for south africa.

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    They'll have others, who're most likely better. I doubt half the Kolpaks would/will make much more than mediocre First Class players. And there has to be a reason they come over here in the first place...

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    The only kolpak players that have been a success have been

    Pietersen
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    Dunno, you'd have to have Pothas & Trott up there too IMHO.

    The strength of sterling is going to be a big attraction &, IIRC, SA reduced their number of first class teams fairly sharply a few years back which means there are even fewer spaces for youngsters to compete for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    They'll have others, who're most likely better. I doubt half the Kolpaks would/will make much more than mediocre First Class players. And there has to be a reason they come over here in the first place...
    More money obviously!

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    Willoughby's doing well....he's one of only a few Somerset players who are

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    Dunno, you'd have to have Pothas & Trott up there too IMHO.

    The strength of sterling is going to be a big attraction &, IIRC, SA reduced their number of first class teams fairly sharply a few years back which means there are even fewer spaces for youngsters to compete for.
    Er, not quite. They now have two levels of First Class cricket - the franchise system PLUS the old provincial games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Er, not quite. They now have two levels of First Class cricket - the franchise system PLUS the old provincial games.
    In terms of anything professional you can live off, it'd be franchises or Kolpak county players. There's a reason the ones coming here are all 30+.

    Edit to Brumby: IIRC Pothas competes on a Greek passport and Trott on an English. They were in England before Maros Kolpak even had touched a handball.
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    Mason is an aussie under a irish passport.
    South africa must be ruing paul harris the one that got away,lets looks at the main alternatives boje yeh right,botha banned,tshabala rookie and peterson crap,adams defunct.



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